AUSTRALIAN ROCKET MAIL

 Australian Rocket Mail1

Date Cover Card Vignette Proof Sheetlet Comments
1934 December 4 R1 N/A R1b-Purple R1c R1a ss Canonbar to Brisbane
1935 August 11 R2 N/A R2b-Red R2c R2a Fraser Island to Maheno
1935 August 11 R3 N/A R3b-Green R2c R3a Maheno to Fraser Island - same design as R2
1935 October 28 R4a R45 R4d-Purple R4e R4c Riverview to Moggill. A registered version exists.
1936 February 24 R5a R55 R5d-Red R5e R5c Riverview to Moggill. A registered version exists.
1936 July 13 R6 N/A R6b-Brown R6c R6a Moggill to Riverview
1936 September 24 R7 N/A R7c-Green R7d5 R7b Enoggera Rifle Range Firing. A registered version exists.
1936 October 33 R84 N/A N/A N/A N/A Fishermen's Bend Firing
1937 March 14 R9a R9 R9c-Blue R9d5 R9b Mr Nebo Firing - Incorrectly marked 7 March
1937 March 23 R10a R10 R10c-Brown R10d R10b Enoggera Rifle Range Firing
1937 May 10 R11 N/A N/A N/A N/A Coronation Rocket Firing. A cover with a postmark variation also exists.
1964 March 263 R12 N/A N/A N/A N/A Bell Rocket Firing
1964 March 283 R13 N/A N/A N/A N/A Bell Rocket Firing
1975 March 28 R14 R14a N/A N/A N/A Bell Park Firing
1992 October 22 R15 N/A N/A N/A N/A AUSROC II Firing
1995 May 263 R162 N/A N/A N/A N/A AUSROC II-2 Firing
 
Other Items
  Item   Designation Description
Flimsy R4f Blue facsimile of 'Telegraph' front page - Flown in the covers
Flimsy R5f Red on yellow facsimile of 'Telegraph' front page - Flown in the covers
Proof  R1c to R10d Black sheetlets of four vignettes each - Almost never seen
Cover None 25th anniversary of 1st rocket mail Canonbar to Brisbane - postmarked 4 Dec 1959 at Brisbane
Document

R03 & RZ2
(R9 & R10)

Original document from Australian Rocket Society detailing the launch of R03 and RZ2 rockets during March 1937
Document Rocket (R16) Section of the Journal of the Scout and Guide Stamp Society of Australia from April 1975 detailing the launch of their rockets

 

 Notes:
1) All R numbers refer to The Australian Air Mail Catalogue by Nelson Eustis
2) The top cover was not flown. It is just an example of the covers that were flown.
3) Covers R8, R12, R13 & R16 have not been seen for many years.
4) From The Australian Air Mail Catalogue by Nelson Eustis
5) Seen on eBay

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